MercedesBenz GLA Review | 2014 200 CDI Diesel Launch Review…

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2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA Review: 200 CDI


Hot: Practical boot, ride, SUV styling looks cool.

Vehicle Style: luxury SUV

Price: $47,900 on-roads)

Engine/trans: 100kW/300Nm 2.2 diesel 4cyl | 7sp twin-clutch

Fuel Economy claimed: 4.6 | tested: 6.1 l/100km


is Mercedes-Benz’s new GLA compact SUV , but don’t let the in the SUV tag fool you. As far as utility the current B-Class has this new beat.

Rather, the GLA slots in between Benz’s A-Class and the B-Class. while also a baby brother to the much, larger M-Class .

And, from $47,900 for the GLA 200 CDI, Australia doesn’t expect it to be the same sales success as the cheaper A-Class.

Sales are surprisingly modest, with 1000 GLAs of all types to roll out of MB showrooms this (We think it will do better.)

So why opt for the GLA instead of a more affordable Is the GLA all about SUV aesthetics and not much

The entry-level GLA 200 that launched week (the GLA 250 4Matic join it in July, the GLA 45 AMG in October) is only, so it’s arguably to “jacked up hatch” than SUV”.

But, we rather it.

Standard equipment: dual-zone control, bi-xenon headlamps, wipers, dusk-sensing headlamps, control, self-parking feature, spot assist, reversing power tailgate, sat-nav.

Six-speaker single-disc CD/DVD, USB/iPod connectivity and Bluetooth integration

Artificial leather (Artico), three upholstery black, grey, beige.

space: 421L seats up, rear seat in cargo 60/40 split fold seat with ski port.

The will be very familiar to who’ve spent any length of in an A-Class.

There are some differences in dash trim, but for the part the dash, instrumentation, stack and centre console are the

The seat height is slightly than an A-Class, but given the GLA slightly lower than a it’s not quite tall to see over other traffic.

said, both the basic seats and the optional AMG sports give good support.

headroom is acceptable, though the panoramic sunroof dramatically the amount of space for your

The rear-seat backrest can also be in a more upright position to cargo space, but it’s vertical and not very comfortable for but a short hop.

Speaking of luggage space is one of the GLA’s points of difference. At 421 litres with the back seat in the position), the GLA offers 80 litres than the A-Class.

It’s not as roomy as the B-Class’ 488L but still more than for a pram and the Saturday shopping.

100kW/300Nm 2.2 litre turbodiesel cylinder

Seven-speed twin-clutch front-wheel drive

MacPherson front suspension, multi-link suspension. 18-inch alloys

brakes all around.

AMG pack lowered suspension, crossdrilled brakes, 19-inch alloys

The is supple. Despite riding on alloys, the GLA’s relatively sidewalls and softer springs and tune gives it a great more compliance than the

But while it easily soaks up big it’s not floaty or excessively There’s good body around corners and decent — even in the soggy weather encountered during the

And though the absence of all-wheel traction was notable in the wet, the control system does a job of reining in wheelspin.

The steering is quite good. Though short on feedback, the weighting smoothly as you wind on more

It also turns in well. not quite as agile as the A-Class, the can be tucked in accurately when through a set of corners.

However, there’s no getting the fact that the GLA 200 CDI doesn’t quick. Though its 2.2 litre engine has 100kW of power and a 300Nm of torque, the throttle in the default Eco mode dulls

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It’s not much better Eco mode switched off, and marginally better with the mode for the seven-speed twin-clutch set to Sport.

The problem is turbo It takes a few moments for the engine to delivering its torque, and the delivery linear — like turbodiesels.

It’s not a problem normal driving, but can be an irritation planting the throttle to overtake, or trying to make a quick from standstill.

That the launch route was relatively and with little in the way of urban

Of course, for younger family where fuel economy can or break a purchase, there is to be little issue with tuning and performance.

Our test figures of 6.1 l/100km are good and none will be with the 4.6 l/100km factory

ANCAP rating: The Mercedes-Benz has yet to be tested by ANCAP

Safety Nine airbags as standard front, front side, side, curtain, driver’s three-point seatbelts and two ISOFIX seat anchorages as standard. are protected by an active bonnet.

control, traction control, EBD, brake assist, prevention assist, blind monitor and driver fatigue help reduce the chance of an


Does the differ enough from the to warrant its higher pricetag? In respects yes, in others, not — at least not where the drive GLA 200 CDI is concerned.

Certainly, is a lot of appeal in the SUV aesthetic, and the greater of the GLA’s noticeably larger

If you don’t need something as as the M-Class. Mercedes now has an SUV option for

And while Mercedes-Benz dominates its in overall sales, the GLA allows it to on a more even footing the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.

With its comfortable larger boot and torquey the GLA 200 CDI has more than a few positive in its favour.

Our first taste of the GLA 200 CDI was a one though; we’ll be spending time at the wheel in coming

PRICING (excludes on-road

GLA 200 CDI — $47,900

GLA 250 4MATIC $57,900

GLA 45 AMG — $79,900

Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO
Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO
Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO
Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO


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